I enjoyed reading A Family Affair by Mary Campisi so much that, as soon as I had the opportunity, I opened the second book, A Family Affair: Spring, to see what was happening in the characters' lives.
Once again, Campisi did not disappoint - having written another story which grabbed my attention from the beginning.
The second instalment of A Family Affair introduced me to a few new characters, one of whom made me smile as I saw how he was determined not to like the grown daughter of Charles Blacksworth, yet couldn't help falling prey to her charm, hard working spirit and her character, in general.
In fact, this man's words to Christine, especially as they work side by side in the garden, are wrought with pearls of wisdom. The story would not be complete without him, just as something would be amiss if Nate was never mentioned.
Speaking of Nate, he and Christine are married, but her mother is determined that Christine should be living the high society life and devises a plan to separate the couple. Will it work? All I will say is there's a third book coming out later in 2014.
Just as the first instalment made us question what a real marriage entailed, the second begs us to consider the word, character.
What type of character are you? Are you the type who might destroy a person's life because you feel the choices being made are wrong, thereby taking matters into your own hands to protect your loved one?
Are you the sort of person who will go head-to-head with another because stubbornness will not let you back down, because you need to have the final word?
Would you tell someone what they should do in a situation or would you, sensing the reason for a person's troubled soul, share aspects from your own life, hoping the light will dawn in their own hearts?
Could you imagine sitting across from the wife of the man you loved with all of your heart, treating her with compassion despite all the grief she has caused in the past?
A Family Affair: Spring is as much about presenting character as it is about telling a story about each of the characters' lives.
I would strongly suggest you read A Family Affair first so you will know the rich back story behind this book.
If you've already read it and would like to follow up with the characters, just click on the book cover for A Family Affair: Spring to be taken to its page on Amazon. Meanwhile, feel free to read the review of A Family Affair: Summer here at Budden Book Reviews.